Dr. Erpenbach, Knoxville dentist, always works to save your natural teeth, but disease and injury may make that goal impossible. Lost teeth cause a host of problems such as difficulties chewing, speaking, and even smiling. With dentures or partials, Dr. Erpenbach can improve your oral health and appearance.
Full Dentures vs. Partial Dentures
Complete rows of prosthetic teeth, known as full dentures, are attached to gum-colored bases and can replace teeth on the upper, lower, or both jaws. Typically, patients secure their dentures with adhesives or natural suctions.
If you have healthy remaining teeth, Dr. Erpenbach may advise getting partial dentures to fill in your smile. Partial dentures will contain as many prosthetic teeth as necessary to close the space left by missing teeth, fitting into your mouth like pieces of a puzzle.
Traditional Dentures vs. Denture Implants
Unlike a traditional denture, denture implants (also known as implant-supported dentures) are anchored into the mouth by dental implants. This form of denture may be placed in the lower or upper jaw to increase the stability of your new smile.
Dental implants prevent the dentures from slipping or coming loose in the mouth. With denture implants, there is no need to use denture paste or adhesives.
With denture implants, you’ll never have to worry about uncomfortable or unreliable dentures again! You can have conversations and chew your favorite foods with complete peace of mind.
Both removable denture implants and fixed denture implants are a possibility for the patient with missing teeth. Removable denture implants can still be removed at night for cleaning or at your convenience. Fixed dentures act like permanent teeth, never moving from the mouth.
If you need to replace missing teeth with dentures, partial dentures, or denture implants, give us a call today! Dr. Erpenbach, West Knoxville dentist, will meet with you and discuss your needs to help you discover which tooth replacement method is right for you.